Uphill for Mariners
Rockingham-Mandurah have it all to do on day two of their round-13 WA Premier Cricket match against Willetton this Saturday.
The Mariners’ first innings of 168 is within reach of the Dragons, who turned up the heat from the beginning at Burrendah Reserve.
Captain Craig Simmons won the toss for the visitors and batted but top order starts were not converted into something threatening.
Tyler Robertson, recalled because of his recent all-round performances in second, made a solid 27 and Vincent Poller made 26 as Rockingham-Mandurah were placed to pounce at 1-47. The highest partnership came for the seventh wicket, with Simmons and Dane Ugle (22) motoring for 71 runs at better than a run a ball.
The long-time skipper bashed 53 from 31 balls with six fours and three sixes.
His wicket signalled the beginning of the end as the last four Mariners wickets fell for just one run with half a day of play remaining.
Willetton absorbed 48 overs to sit pretty at 4-133.
Rockingham-Mandurah’s spinners did the damage, with Robertson claiming 2-44 and Simmons rolling out 19 overs with eight maidens for a return of 1-22.
Second grade put on a classy display at Lark Hill and sit just 55 runs behind the Dragons after the first day’s play last Saturday.
Eric Botha put a wrecking ball through Willetton’s tail after taking the first wicket to snaffle a bag of 5-38 from his 15 overs.
Joel Marion ran shotgun with 2-13 as the visitors made 169 all out.
Nathan Hutchison will resume on 49 not out and Botha will join him after a superb first day on 37 not out as Rockingham-Mandurah sit in the driver’s seat at 2-114.
The third grade match at Burrendah is evenly poised, with Willetton batting first to make 8-218 declared.
Wesley Steele took the honours for the Mariners with 5-93 from 26.3 overs and Chris Sherwin kept it tight up the other end with 3-54 from his 26 overs. Rockingham-Mandurah were 2-12 at stumps.
Mohit Yadav made a gritty 54 in fourth grade’s total of 106 as Willetton are set to claim the first innings points at Lark Hill on 2-87.
Melville got the better of Rockingham-Mandurah in two women’s matches last weekend.
The B-grade seniors lost by nine wickets at Tompkins Park, while the under-18s found Melville’s 5-162 too tough to climb in their T20 match, but finished at 4-109.
Saffron Mollett was the star of the under-15s’ 33-run loss to South Perth with both bat and ball.
She made 21no from 18 balls in the Mariners’ total of 3-87 and bowled two maidens for a return of 1-0 in the victors’ score of 3-120.
The under-17s restricted Willetton to 182 at Burrendah Reserve.
Liam Hannah (2-17) and Kade Guppy (2-28) took the honours.
The under-15s chased leather as Willetton piled on 5-322 at Lark Hill. Aled Phillips Johns took 2-45 from his 12 overs.
The under-14s took a 43-run loss that will jeopardise their semifinal chances. The under-13s lost their first game of the season by seven runs at Lark Hill to Gosnells.
This week sees the conclusion of the two-day fixture against Willetton, while the women’s teams look to regroup against South Perth.
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